It was a much larger and diverse media gathering last night in the press box. Here is what they had to say throughout the night as the Cardinal crept closer to the Rose Bowl.
A long TD run is a good way to take the home crowd out of the game. ASU just had no one setting the edge on that play.— ESPN Pac-12 (@ESPN_Pac12blog) December 8, 2013
On the second play from scrimmage, Tyler Gaffney took the ball 69 yards around the left edge for a touchdown. The play was reviewed but the touchdown call stood. It was not the start most people were predicting.
#ASUvsSTAN ASU answers with Foster 51-yard TD run for 7-7 with 11:54 left 1st Q ... so ASU will not be blanked in 1st half like earlier game— jeffmetcalfe (@jeffmetcalfe) December 8, 2013
The Sun Devils were blanked in the first half at Stanford on Sept. 21 so this was a good sign for ASU.
Gaffney punched in another touchdown from a yard out but the Sun Devils were able to hold the Cardinal for the rest of the quarter.
End of first quarter. Stanford's 14 points is the most given up by ASU in the first quarter all season. Cardinal leading 14-7.— Devils Digest (@DevilsDigest) December 8, 2013
Stanford opens 2ndQ w/Ty Montgomery 22-yard end around for the Cardinal 3rd rushing score. 21-7 STAN w/14:51 2ndQ— Craig Grialou (@Craig620) December 8, 2013
ASU punted and then the intricate scheme of Stanford struck again.
#Pac12 Gaffney ties career high with 3 TDs, this time on fourth-and-one. Stanford, 28-7, with 9:49 left in first half— Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) December 8, 2013
The Sun Devils went three and out once again and the Cardinal capitalized. Gaffney's dominance was not expected given Arizona State's recent success with run defense.
This was very true. It was a really tough half for the Sun Devils but two touchdowns was certainly not an insurmountable lead. D.J. Foster was almost singlehandedly keeping ASU in it.
Gangbusters first quarter-plus for Stanford, but some ugly road tendencies reared their ugly head down the stretch of first half. 28-14.— David Lombardi (@DavidMLombardi) December 8, 2013
At halftime, the Sun Devils had to be encouraged that they were able to stop Stanford from scoring for the last ten minutes of the first half.
I wonder why ASU isn't playing with the same if not more energy then they had last weekend.— Keelan Johnson (@3hree8ight) December 8, 2013
Let's go fellas lotta football left— Kyle Williams (@KyleWilliams_10) December 8, 2013
Time to switch lanes and get back in the fast lane . Lot of football left to be played! Get that stadium loud! 🙌 AGHHHGHHHHHHHHH— Manny Wilkins 2⃣ (@Manny_Wilkins11) December 8, 2013
Zane Gonzalez's streak of 18 FGs in a row ends at a bad time. Wide left on a 31-yard attempt. Last miss was at Stanford in Week 3.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) December 8, 2013
ASU started the second half with the ball but couldn't capitalize. It is the Pac-12 title game but ASU fans can't be upset this season, the punting may have suffered but Gonzalez was great all year up to this point
Williamson rewards Hogan and company for their efforts with a short field goal. 31-14 Stanford now.— Stanford Daily Sport (@StanfordSports) December 8, 2013
Jordan Williamson shows Gonzalez how it's done.
Michael Eubank in at that stage of the game? Ugh. Predictable. Bad move.— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) December 8, 2013
Eubank came in on third and one to attempt a quarterback sneak. He got stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
Michael Eubank is in at QB. - Devils can't get it in. STUFFED. That hurts!— ABC15 Sports (@abc15sports) December 8, 2013
De'Marieya Nelson rushed on the next play but got stopped too. As the third quarter ended the Sun Devils would need the perfect fourth quarter to pull off the upset.
Kevin Hogan pass complete to Ty Montgomery for 24 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. STAN lead ASU 38-14 with 12:11 remaining in the 4th #STANvsASU— Taste Of The Town (@Taste_The_Town) December 8, 2013
Dagger. All remaining hopes for an ASU victory were dashed after Stanford widened the lead again
FINAL: ASU falls to Stanford 38-14. pic.twitter.com/AEfyrJvhlu— azcentral sports (@azcsports) December 8, 2013
Arizona State is now staring the Holiday or Alamo bowl in the face.
The face of a man who knows he couldn't get it done when his team needed him the most.